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June 2, 2008

Minutes

Minutes prepared by Kitty Philipp
Meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by Chairwoman Kitty Philipp. Proper and legal notice was given. Present: Kitty Philipp,, Kristine Tooker, Elaine Hennessy, Clemens Bremer, Lynn Vasquez. Excused: Sharon Cadalzo. A quorum was declared present.

1.May minutes approved.
2.PPBSTC has council approval (some members questioned if approval was even needed) to hire Forestree to complete our FMP. What is the next step (Sharon)?
3.Ordinance: Councilwoman Kristine Tooker spoke with Diane Miller, a landscape architect and certified town planner ( dmiller@geller-sive.com ) about creating a comprehensive ordinance regarding trees not on municipal property.The PPBSTC would like to invite Ms.Miller to attend our next meeting w/her proposal. Payment for her services to come from the town engineer budget. Ms.Miller will also assist us with the replanting plan of arnold ave., and in fact has already spoken with Forrestree to collaborate efforts. (See #9).
Recommendations from Members re:ordinance:
Clemens: a.Opening paragrah in ordinance should explain existence (maintain/increase property values, noise pollution, energy control, pollution control-removal of CO2 from atmosphere, wildlife habitat, erosion control, rain permeation, aesthetics).
b.Companies working on town property should have a CTE on staff. Also, ordinance should state what is NOT allowed (topping, tipping, etc..)(or specifiy what IS). Fines should apply per branch, not per tree.
c. Require more lot coverage on new construction &existing properties. Kitty suggested this be a separate but related ordinance to prevent the entire ordinance from being voted down b/c of this clause.

Kitty: Ordinance should include an appleate process, sidewalk replacement guidelines, specify the grounds for removal, incorporate various ways to remove a tree where a permit would be required (poisoning, cutting, careless construction work, etc...)Application approval time frame, tree replacement time frame, trunk diameter minimum, tree planting guidelines, application should be on website, enforcement (who), evaluation (who).,what trees need a permit (trunk diameter, historic)., replacement ratio: one tree for every one removed, clause allowing specified reasons of replanting of trees on municipal property - should have PPBSTC approval.,fines., exceptions., the ordinance should have flexible standards within reason., the application should be the 2008., construction protection measures (bulldozing near roots, digging utility trenches, dumping of construction waste close to the tree...these can result in the slower, but certain tree death.), replacement tree species (PPBSTC should work in conjuction with a local nursury so as to make it easy for residents to replant.) Specific exceptions when a permit is not required( ex: emergency)
Ordinances referred to: NYC, Princeton,Roseland and American Planning assoc. (Zoning Practice July’07)

4.Tree Removal Application: Kitty and Clem to update
5.DOT/Rt.35: Lacking a clear answer from the State, the PPBSTC declares jurisdiction
6.Tree removal application: St. louis & washington DENIED.Not lifting sidewalk. Not a hazard. Futher consideration regarding building hazards that may arise are out of the scope of the PPBSTC. The builder has been asked to prune only what is necessary, so as to try and preserve this tree.
7.6 month review of outstanding applications: PPBSTC members to inspect. Any property that has not replanted , providing they have no excuse approved by PPBSTC, to recieve a fine. NOTE: All aforementioned recieved reminder/warning letters this Spring. The PPBSTC concedes that if a homeowner makes an attempt to replant, we acknowledge and appreciate the effort and waive the fine.
8.Resident donated a cherry tree. PPBSTC must make arrangements to dig up an replant in the Fall.
9.Arnold Ave.: SEE ALSO #3; Resident Chris Albers to donate $500. LYNN: request copy of memorial bench application to use as a sample. Price of replacment tree? Anne Lightburn reminds PPBSTC to include a watering/maintenance plan.
10. Tax bills to be mailed out...our opportunity to put in a PPBSTC “ad”.
11. Core Training Program: need to maintain 8 credits annually. (CLEM to research)

Next meeting July 7’08 7:30pm Town Hall


Published October08, 2008 | Shade Tree Committee Minutes | 662


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